Today in Johnson City History: March 18

March 18, 1897: The Comet reported that an enormous rockslide between Blevins and Allentown prevented the narrow gauge train from arriving in Johnson City the previous day. No train was available on the Johnson City side of the slide, and mail had to be delivered on a lever cart.

March 18, 1976: Elvis Presley began a three-day series of concerts at Freedom Hall Civic Center. Tickets were $10 and $12.50, with all seats selling out for each show.

March 18, 1978: Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn were at Freedom Hall. Tickets were $5.50 and $6.50.

March 17, 2006: Former Science Hill High School basketball coach and principal George Pitts was named head coach at King College in Bristol. Pitts spent 15 years at Science Hill, guiding the Hilltoppers to three Class AAA state championships and one runner-up finish.

Sources: The Comet; Vince Staten; Johnson City Press.

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